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Your Questions About Cheapest Apartments In The Us

June 3, 2012

Steven asks…

What’s the best way to find cheap (or semi cheap) apartments in Paris?

I’m looking to rent something small and furnished, but don’t want to pay an agency fee. Craigslist works well in the US, but in Paris it seems like a bit of a scam. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!!!

Administrator answers:

If you need to find one before arriving, I think craigslist and Fusac.fr are your best bet. I’d definitely say don’t go with an agency (like, you said, the fees are expensive and you can find one on your own). I suggest looking at apartments in the 12th arrondissement. It is still at pretty central location and you will see a notable price difference. I’d look in the 10th too, at apartments closer to Republique/the canal (some parts of the 10th are known as being sketchy).

If you can wait a week or two before committing after arriving, that would be best because you can check it out in person. Then along with the internet sites given, I’d suggest going to the American Church in Paris (65, Quai d’Orsay 75007 Paris, France). They have a billboard that lists housing. Also, you could go the the different universities around Paris and look at their billboards.

You’ll find more availability in August-September/December-January/May when students are just arriving/leaving.

Ken asks…

How do you go about finding an apartment?

I know the question sounds silly, but I don’t know the first thing about it. I’ve tried looking and I feel like I’ve gotten nowhere. I need a cheap apartment…taking dogs would be nice but I’m willing to give mine away if I don’t have any other choice. I looked for apartments without dogs too. Anyone know the cheapest places to live in the US?

Administrator answers:

The easiest way is to just look at the ads in the newspaper, they almost always mention whether pets are allowed or not. Or you can drive around the neighborhood where you want to live and look for “For Rent” signs, write down the phone number and call them. Many apartment complexes have a listing in the yellow pages of the phone book.

The cheapest places in the US are in small towns with no jobs. Overall, cheapest is probably the southeast US.

Sandy asks…

What Eastern European country will I get the most out of my US dollar, ie cheaper living?

I plan on living in Eastern Europe 2 to 3 months and would like to find a country where it would be considered to have a lower cost of living. As well I would like to rent an apartment while I am there and would welcome any resources or advise on that as well.

Administrator answers:

Romania is a good choice. I know there is a US military base as well – in Constanta (I think).

Http://forums.eslcafe.com/job/viewtopic.php?t=5597&sid=cf0327893f2d0e23dcc2d697b81f9021

The site above (eslcafe.com) is for teachers mostly. It has all kinds of information and it is pretty useful.

Betty asks…

Would it be cheaper to shop in a lower income part of town?

My husband and I live in one of the higher income parts of Albuquerque. He and I do not have high-income by any means, but our apartment is smack in the middle of it. So my quesiton is, are the prices in the grocery stores different in different areas of town? If we were to travel a few miles to one of the low income parts of town would it be cheaper for us to shop there?

Administrator answers:

I can only tell you about where I live, and the answer is yes. For awhile, every night I would stop at 7-Eleven on the way home and buy a few things. It was right on the way home. One night, I forgot to stop at the one right by my work (the nicer part of town) and stopped at the one near where I lived at the time (a not so nice part of town). The SAME items literally cost me a few dollars less at the store where I lived. I would have never thought that. So I started stopping there before going home.

Maybe it doesn’t apply to all, but I think in some cases, WHERE you shop can cost or save you money.

I live in Los Angeles, CA.

Susan asks…

What are my rights as a Texas renter if Apartment manager fails to make repairs?

Me and my wife just got married and are now living in an apartment where the apartment manager hires people with criminal records to do repairs. He wants us to be at home all the time when repairs get done and we can’t be there all the time. But that is just one complaint, we have now been living here for two weeks and no appliances work, no washer/dryer, stove, and dish washer which were promised to us weeks ago and manager said he will fix it all before we even moved in and keeps holding it off even further. We haven’t paid rent thus far but have put down our deposit of $300, we have called him several times and still get little or no help. Is this grounds for breaking a lease and also for a court action if leasor doesn’t obide by the terms of lease in which they do repairs and maintenance? What are my legal rights under Texas Law and how can I get something done? I feel that my landlord is being very cheap on us and hiring unprofessional people to do repairs. What can I do?

Administrator answers:

I am not in Texas, however, generally a landlord should provide a safe and functional place to live. Read over your lease and figure out what you agreed to. Talk to the city you live in, they should have a housing authority and can advice you on the local ordinances.

I wouldn’t sweat it if you need to break the lease. Unless the rental market is very tight, you probably wont have much trouble. Doesn’t sound like its’ very competitive if the landlord allowed you to move in without paying rent.

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